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Safety of oil tank cars draws scrutiny

Rail industry representatives on Tuesday told federal investigators they need clear government guidance on how to boost the safety of tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol across the United States, lest they be penalized for making voluntary improvements that fall short of later mandates.  More »

Wearable technology in oil & gas: don’t be so hung up on the hardware!

A few weeks back I wrote a piece addressing some of the early skepticism some people have had with regards to using Google Glass for applications in oil & gas fields. I’ve gotten a few more similar comments (again focused on the possibility of a transmitting device such as Glass setting off other pieces of equipment, such as explosive wireline charges), so I thought I would elaborate more on why I’m optimistic about wearable technology transferring over to the oil & gas industry.  More »

Austrian company launches $740 million Corpus port project

The voestalpine Group will break ground this week on a $740 million plant at the Port of Corpus Christi.  More »

Catastrophe is always on the Horizon

The IPCC just released its last assessment report dealing with mitigation.  Like the two previously released work group reports, the latest also sounds the alarm bell that catastrophe is just around the corner unless dramatic action is taken soon.  The latest report calls for a 40% reduction in emissions from 2010 levels by 2050. With […]  More »

IPCC Panel: Big Technological Gains in Transport Technically Possible but Threatened by Institutional, Behavorial and Business Challenges

This post was written by Daniel Sperling, Director, Institute for Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met last week in Berlin to finalize its scientific assessment of solutions to curb greenhouse gases emissions. One of the key take-aways in the report is the opportunity for large […]  More »

Beaumont LNG provider to buy Encana natural gas assets

Stabilis Energy, a Beaumont liquefied natural gas distributor that is building plants in South Texas, said Monday it plans to snap up U.S. storage, regasification and mobile fuel units from Canadian oil producer Encana Corp. for an undisclosed price.  More »

Russia and Ukraine: The Energy Angle Part 2

Prior to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea, the United States tried to re-engage Russia as a strategic partner in the Middle East. Moscow has at least one concrete interest that is the same as Washington: radical Islamic jihadism is a national security threat in Moscow. This fact created at least a modest synergy on outcomes […]  More »

The Bankrupt Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Last week with much fanfare, the IPCC released its Summary for Policy Makers on climate change impacts.  The Panel’s chairman declared that this report was its most terrifying because human caused climate change was going to cause famine, disease, extreme weather, and war.  These effects will occur because crop yields will be reduced as will […]  More »

The first example of a “killer app” for Google Glass in the oil & gas industry? (video)

My first project with Google Glass applied to the oil & gas industry was a simple demonstration of some of the information engineers could potentially pull up in the field.  A few weeks ago I gave a demonstration of a related project I’m working on in my free time, called “the Digital Tally Book”.  I […]  More »

Chevron Phillips Chemical breaks ground on ethane cracker

BAYTOWN — Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. broke ground — ceremonially, at least — on the first component of a $6 billion expansion Wednesday that executives say could be transformational for the company.  More »

Exxon: Future climate rules won’t curb fossil fuel investments

Exxon Mobil Corp. on Monday cast aside speculation it would retreat from oil sands and deep-water reservoirs, saying it believes that none of its fossil fuel reserves will be stranded because of potentially stringent carbon regulations in the years to come.  More »

Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling

Houston-based Hilcorp seeks to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law to drill under the property of four holdout landowners in New Bedford, near the Ohio border an hour north of Pittsburgh. The concept, known as “forced pooling,” means that people who don’t sign leases get bundled in with those who do, to make drilling more efficient and compensate all the landowners.  More »
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